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it into law. yellowstone officially became the first national park of the united states of america. the significance of preserving this vast and remote tract of land was profound. the nation, not yet a century old, was still seeking its own cultural and national identity. the natural wonders and unspoiled grandeur of the american landscape were now promoted as the country's unique heritage. the new york herald wrot "their beauty, their splendor, their extraordinary and sometimes terrible manifestations of nature form a series of attractions possessed by no other nation." three months later, moran's "the grand canyon of the yellowstone" was bought by the federal government for $10,000. the painting was hung in the u.s. capitol, a triumph for moran. soon after, he began signing his work with the monogram "t.y.m." for thomas "yellowsto" moran. yellowstone remained a source of inspiration throughout moran's career. in 1892, the artist returned to the park to create new paintings of its wonders. by this time, yellowstone was a popular tourist attraction. the idea of the national park, s
of what this nation faces in the struggle to provide health care for people who need it, but can't pay for it. the figures are staggering. 44 million people in the united states are not covered by health insurance of any kind. at the same time, costs for even simple tests and procedures are rising at an alarming rate. over half of the unprotected are children. i do see a lot working people-- young, healthy, working people-- with no health-care insurance. i've had patients switching jobs and who didn't consider strongly what their health-care coverage was going to be in between jobs, and they can run into health situations. that can be devastating, because the cost of medications, the cost of visits or laboratory tests can be huge. i actually had a patient with no insurance come for a routine check-up, and some lab studies that i didn't think were very unusual add up to about $900. and i just thought... that's really ridiculous. outpatient prescription drug costs have gone up 15% to 20% in the past year, partially because of many new drugs coming on the market, partially because drug co
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